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How Technology Has Helped Travel Evolve in the Last 15 Years

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February 26th, 2014

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The days of Travel Agents almost obsolete

The days of travel agents are almost obsolete

How many of you remember air travel before technology? Any sojourn required a trip to the travel agency, perusing books and pamphlets of travel destinations, much planning and many phone calls on the part of the agent, rendering payment, and eventually, a flight, hotel, and car booking obtained.

Anybody misses those days? Me neither!

Despite the increased security and extensive screening at all airports after 9/11/2001, access to air travel has become consistently streamlined within the last 15 years. While it’s still a good idea to employ the help of a good travel agent when planning complicated or all-inclusive travel such as exotic vacations, honeymoons, guided tours, or group travel, there is much a traveller can do to plan their own getaways. Whether you’re flying cross-country or just taking a “puddle jump,” there are many helpful online services to help you get where you’re going. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons People Park Crazy & 5 Reasons People Shouldn’t!

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February 21st, 2014

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One day my husband and I were trying to find parking at the mall. As we cruised through the parking lot looking for the closest space near the walkway entrance we came across a sight that just made us both shake our heads. So much so, that after laughing about it, we snapped a photo of it.

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Pretty bad right? But we all have seen it at least once. A vehicle parked in the most bizarre way, having no regard for those parked nearby or those that may want to park nearby. If you’re like me, maybe you’ve scanned your brain trying to figure out why anyone would park like the photo above.
So, for just a little fun here are my top 5 reasons people sometimes park crazy. Continue reading

The Hotel Alternative

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February 1st, 2014

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In my former profession as a Sr. Telecom Manager, I travelled and stayed in some wonderful hotels in major cities around the US, Canada, and even down in South America. Every trip permitted me the chance to enjoy some amazing amenities. I mean really, who doesn’t like fresh linen, concierge services, a little chocolate surprise resting on your pillow, towels shaped like animals and those cute little bathroom knickknacks that scream “take me.” But the best part of business travel is not having to pay for it. Having your employer picks up the tab is like icing on the cake.

But it’s a different story when its personal travel, and your expenses include airport parking, plane tickets, car rentals, food, fun and the big one “lodging? For a family of four it can cost a few thousand dollars depending on how long you travel and where you go. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for great alternatives that can save me a buck or two and add a little spice to the trip by trying something different when travelling. Recently, I came across a real winner that I’ll be using for my next vacation. Continue reading